THP asks for help in the case of a man found dead on interstate

THP asks for help in the case of a man found dead on the interstate

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Brian William Taylor (Source: Tennessee Highway Patrol) Brian William Taylor (Source: Tennessee Highway Patrol)
Section of I-40 where Brian William Taylor's body was found Section of I-40 where Brian William Taylor's body was found

KINGSTON (WATE) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol is continuing their investigation into the case of a man found dead on Interstate 40 in Roane County. 

Officials say there is a chance foul play could be involved.

Brian William Taylor, 42, from Heath Springs, South Carolina was found dead around 2:30 a.m. on Christmas, according to investigators.

Officers responded to the scene near mile marker 364 after two 911 calls that suggested that Taylor could have been alive. But by the time they got there, they say Taylor was dead.

"The individual had to have either fallen out, or have been pushed out of the vehicle. After that, there's a great possibility he was laying in the middle of the interstate, and another vehicle or truck struck him," said Sgt. Joe Walker with THP.

Taylor had a long criminal history.  That combined with when he was found, raise some red flags.

"We're looking at the possibility of foul play because on Christmas morning at 2:30 a.m., it's not normal. It's not normal at any time. But on that day, at that time, to be laying on the interstate," Sgt. Walker added.

Some people living in the area say the news doesn't alarm them.

"It doesn't surprise me, because Tennessee is one of the most violent states, it doesn't surprise me," said Cirk Foust, who lives in the area.

Investigators tell us Taylor was last in touch with his family in October, when he got out of jail after a DUI. They said it wasn't unusual for him to disappear for weeks at a time. A significant clue in the case may be one of the 911 calls that came in.

"The caller was very hesitant about giving us a name. The call back number they left, we haven't been able to use it to make contact with anybody. We're interested in talking to them to see what they have knowledge of," Sgt. Walker said.

There are many more questions they believe someone reading or watching this story may be able to answer.

"Why was he here, where was he coming from, where was he going, who was he with, and how he ended up on the interstate," Sgt. Walker said.

If you have information in the case, call the Tennessee Highway Patrol Knoxville District Headquarters at 865-594-5800.

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